About The Barr Center Team
Each Team Member is a Pain Management Specialist.
The staff of The Barr Center for Innovative Pain & Regenerative Therapies is a group of experienced medical professionals who specialize in addressing a variety of musculoskeletal issues that cause pain and interfere with one’s ability to optimally function. Close teamwork means we have the advantage of having a second, expert opinion in the next exam room. This allows us to treat complex musculoskeletal issues more efficiently. Known as a physiatrist, our founder and medical director Dr. Lisa Barr has advanced medical training in treating pain due to illness, injury or degeneration of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints and ligaments.
Lisa Barr, MD
Founder and Medical Director
Dr. Barr, the founder and medical director of the Barr Center, is a Hampton Roads native and seasoned physician with a passion for treating people with musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain and dysfunction. A double alumna of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Barr finished her training at EVMS in 1988 as the chief resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation. As a practicing physician in the community, she has effectively treated more than 200,000 patients over the course of her career.
As the founding partner at the Barr Center, Dr. Barr focuses her energies on developing innovative methods to help guide her patients to optimal recovery and their best functional outcome. By embracing both the newest medical technology and the “fine art of healing,” she is recognized as a force of change in pain management, both locally and nationally. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Barr has focused on regenerative medicine modalities, including platelet-rich plasma and stem cells that can help the body to heal itself.
Dr. Barr was the first physician in Coastal Virginia to integrate regenerative medicine into her unique medical model that includes: PRP, stem cells, prolotherapy, traditional interventional pain management, osteopathic manipulation, energy work, musculoskeletal ultrasound, mind-body concepts and functional medicine. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and board eligible in functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Dr. Barr’s patients range from high school and professional athletes, fire fighters, police officers and board room execs to adoring grandparents and budding master gardeners. When necessary, she draws on her vast network of colleagues across different specialties and alternative healing modalities for assistance in helping her patients achieve optimal health and function. She has consistently been honored by her peers as a “Top Doc” in Hampton Roads and was selected as one of Hampton Roads’ 2012 Business Women of the Year.
Over the last three decades, Dr. Barr has been involved in many different hospital and community boards. Currently, she devotes much of her personal and professional time seeking new ways to expand integrative concepts in health and healing and she is actively pursuing writing as a creative means of expression. In the spring of 2018, she became the best-selling author of Outsmart Your Pain: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Pain and Transforming Your Life. Her book is available in audio, paperback and on Kindle on Amazon. She is excited about writing an upcoming series of books on various pain related topics.
A teacher at heart, Dr. Barr is interested in helping people understand the mind-body connection and how the patient and doctor function best in a therapeutic partnership. She also enjoys daily patient care and mentoring young people interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Dr. Barr loves the outdoors and regularly plays tennis and golf, and enjoys hiking, horses and paddle boarding. She has an adventurous spirit and is a seasoned traveler and experienced sailor. Spending time with family and friends is Dr. Barr’s favorite past time. She has a son who is a middle school teacher and a daughter who is an ER nurse.
Janet Hare, MPT
Physical Therapist and Director of Physical Therapy
Janet Hare began her career as a physical therapist in 1998 after graduating summa cum laude from Old Dominion University. She was recognized at ODU with the Phi Kappa Phi academic excellence award and was also recognized nationally with the National Outstanding Academic and Community Service award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals.
Janet began working with Dr. Barr in 2014 and she brings organizational and leadership skills to her lead role as Director of Physical Therapy at the Barr Center for Innovative Pain & Regenerative Therapies.
Over her 20-year career, Janet has treated patients in acute hospital, subacute skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehab facilities, home health, and outpatient orthopedic, geriatric and pediatric care settings. Over the last decade, Janet’s professional focus has centered on adult orthopedic care, specializing in treating pain using manual medicine, posture and balance rehab. Her approach to healing is well rounded. She incorporates dry needling, osteopathic manipulative techniques, myofascial release, postural restoration, balance and gait training, craniosacral therapy, Reiki and active release techniques in her treatments.
Janet helps her patients to see hidden patterns contributing to their pain and physical limitations. With an emphasis on correcting postural dysfunction and restoring muscle and joint function, she helps her patients gain improved awareness of movement patterns and postures that may be contributing to pain. Janet’s integrative approach works synergistically with the other pain-relieving modalities offered at the Barr Center. This is because when interventional pain therapies are used to alleviate pain, we know that the pattern leading up to the pain must be changed for our patients to experience lasting relief.
Janet lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Favorite activities include travelling, hiking, yoga and Pilates, and studying the mind body connection.
Desiree Morris Barker, LPTA
Desiree Barker is a native of Flint, Mich., who graduated from Baker College of Flint with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and physical therapy in 2009. Over the years, she has treated total joint replacements at an acute care specialty hospital acute care, worked in skilled nursing facilities, and delivered home and outpatient care for conditions of the spine.
Desiree’s focus on continuing education keeps her current on the latest manual techniques, including trigger point release, postural restoration, treatment of cervical thoracic rib cage dysfunction and other relevant techniques . Desiree has been mentored by several leading physical therapists who specialize in treating pain.
Desiree lives in Norfolk with her husband and daughter. She enjoys dancing, bowling, serving her community and local restaurants.
Morgan Rogers, NP
Morgan Rogers is a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Auburn University in 2014 and her master’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University in 2018. Morgan’s background in nursing includes a variety of settings such as hospital-based nursing, special needs camp nursing and primary care. Morgan is passionate about providing Cura Personalis, which translates to “care for the entire person,” at every visit. She is thrilled to be working side by side with the Barr Center staff in helping patients regain a higher quality of life.
When she isn’t at the Barr Center, you can find Morgan enjoying walks on the beach with her dog, sewing and enjoying time with family.
Emily Horvath, MSN, FNP-BC
Emily Horvath graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters Degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University. She is a certified family nurse practitioner currently completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Old Dominion with a focus in healthcare education, communication, and collaboration to achieve patient centered goals.
Emily’s background includes a variety of settings, including hospital based nursing and ambulatory care with extensive experience in lifestyle counselling and cardiology. Emily is dedicated to working together with her patients to achieve better wellbeing through a proactive, whole life approach to care. When she isn’t working you can find her traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
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